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Cold Reign By Faith Hunter: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE June 3 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrence McArthur


Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock is tough. She’s a Cherokee skinwalker with Beast, a mountain lion, sharing her soulspace. She killed a man when she was five years old. She’s over a hundred years old, but she looks good. She’s a vampire hunter employed by Leo Pellesier, the vampire Master of New Orleans. Her ex-boyfriend is a werepanther. There’s a vampire calling her Master living under her stairs like a Harry Potter with fangs, and she has a wreath/crown in her closet, glowing. Jane is no Plain Jane.

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Playhouse Merced: Preparing For Their 24th Season

FROM THE June 3 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


KRL tries to cover as many theatre companies in the Valley as possible, this week we interviewed one just a bit further way than usual that has been around for quite some time, Playhouse Merced. We chatted with Shawn Overton, who is their Box Office Associate, and whose duties include running the box office, media communications, and photography. She has also written an original play for Playhouse, and teaches playwriting courses for the Conservatory.

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Annual Meeting: A Mystery Short Story

FROM THE June 3 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Joan Leotta


John scanned the crowd. He stopped his survey when he noticed a tall, willowy redhead looking at him. Red was partially encircled by several of the conference’s mostly male attendees. They were obviously entranced by her smile and her form-fitting green wool dress. Her emerald gaze, however, looked beyond her coterie of admirers.

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Interview With Local Band Don’t Tell Her That

FROM THE June 3 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we are interviewing Fresno band Don’t Tell Her That. Recently we chatted with some of the band members about their band and their music.

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Murder at Waters Edge By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE June 3 ISSUE

IN THE Kathy Eide Casas SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Kailani Pope, ‘Lani’ to everyone except her paternal grandmother, is known for doing whatever is necessary to help a friend. So, when Bethany Halderman called and said her sister Cammy’s accident wasn’t an accident, Lani is there to help her friend find the truth. Cammy Halderman was competing in the Amazing Brains and Brawn Race when she was found dead at the bottom of a cliff.

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A Reference to Murder By Kym Roberts: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE June 3 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


When Charli Rae Warren left Hazel Rock, Texas, she hoped to leave behind the Princess nickname that was passed on to her parents’ converted historic barn and their albino pink armadillo. Now that Charli has returned to Hazel Rock to run The Book Barn Princess, Charli is finding that memories are long, and that it is inevitable that all three Princesses will be sharing space together.

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What Food & Drinks Can Keep You Cool in the Californian Heat?

FROM THE June 3 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Sally Phillips


Californians don’t need to be told that it can get hot in California. Really hot. The highest temperature ever recorded here was 134 degrees. Although it might not always reach these extreme temperatures, but when it’s hot and dry, it’s even more important to make sure you are looking after your body and giving it what it needs to keep cool.

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Pogo The Possum

FROM THE June 3 ISSUE

IN THE Maria Ruiz SECTION

by Maria Ruiz




Bang! Crash! Another coconut crashed to the ground in our backyard. We had about thirty coconut palm trees in the backyard of our house in Costa Rica and everyone was heavy with nuts in varying degrees of ripeness. A bird, an iguana, or a raccoon could dislodge one and it would hit the ground, bounce and roll away. We were worried about us and also about our little dog Sherman.

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An ASL Production of The Wizard of Oz On Stage In Visalia

FROM THE May 31 ISSUE

IN THE Helping Hands SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


On Saturday, June 3, an ASL production of Wizard of Oz will be presented at the LJ Williams Theater in Visalia by the Ruby Slipper PAA, The Fourth Wall Theatre Co., and Vizual Voices. It will be an American Sign Language experience for both deaf and hearing audiences.

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Good Company Players Takes Us Out to the Ballgame with Damn Yankees

FROM THE May 30 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


What better time than baseball season to produce a musical that involves baseball! Damn Yankees, produced by the Good Company Players, burst out onto the Roger Rocka’s stage in Fresno on May 18.

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Mystery, Mayhem, and Murder Presented by the Kings Players in Hanford

FROM THE May 30 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Wyleen Luoma


For the second production of their 2017 Season, the Kings Players are presenting Murder Me, Murder Me Not, a hilarious romp of a mystery farce.

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The Cat House on the Kings: Kittens, Kittens, So Many Kittens,

FROM THE May 27 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



The Open House was….Amazing!
Everything about it was just amazing. The weather was just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears; not too hot and not too cold, it was just right. The turnout was also amazing, in fact we believe we had a record setting number of people for this open house.

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May Mysteries For Your Summer Reading

FROM THE May 27 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a great group of new mysteries for your summer reading-A Nightshade for Warning: An Enchanted Garden Mystery by Bailey Cattrell, Every Body on Deck: A Savannah Reid Mystery by G.A. McKevett, Magick & Mayhem: An Abracadabra Mystery by Sharon Pape, and Death in Dark Blue: A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery by Julia Buckley. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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Mental Health Awareness Month: The Power of Language

FROM THE May 27 ISSUE

IN THE Mental Health SECTION

by Jayson Blair


I cringe anytime I hear someone talking about finding “the cure.” It’s the same feeling that strikes me when someone walks into my office, where we help people with mental health problems, proclaiming how they just want to “fix” their loved one.

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Jessica’s May Video Game News

FROM THE May 27 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Jessica Ham



With E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) coming next month, the anticipation for upcoming video games is high. Many gaming developers will be presenting their new games or sequels to current game series on June 13-15, 2017.

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Shane Spears, Elephant Keeper at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo

FROM THE May 27 ISSUE

IN THE Going Green SECTION

by Mallory Moad



“Hey, Amy! Miss Betts! Come here!” At the sound of their names and a familiar voice, Amy and her daughter, Betts, slowly step forward. These two aren’t contestants on a game show. And although they are beautiful, they’re not in the running to be a top model, either.

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